summer music

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

Each day we get to witness shopper’s enjoying the atmosphere that has been created inside this sweet purple house.   The music plays a major role in this experience and on the daily we view foot tapping, head bopping & singing along (often we sing along – sorry about that!).  In celebration of the coming summer filled with road trips we thought we would share a play list of some of the most asked about songs in the shop, plus a couple other favourites.


The Head & The Heart – Lost in My Mind
She & Him – I Put a Spell On You
Alt-J – Tessellate
Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane
Dala – Lennon and McCartney
Fleetwood Mac – Landslide
Gotan Project – Notas
Imogen Heap – Speeding Cars
Ingrid Michaelson – You and I
Jill Barber – Petite Fluer
Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)
Wyclef Jean – Any Other Day (feat. Norah Jones)
Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun

project FUN

Days off at home are THE BEST!  IF you are planning any “stay-cations” for yourself this summer it is great to relax but ultimately a fun project around the house can get you all excited about being there.  I choose a few items throughout the store that I felt could provide some great home entertainment!

I’ll start at the bottom and work my way up.   The peacock wrapping paper by Yellowbird is almost too beautiful to wrap a gift.  I thought it would be perfect to put into a big frame for some fresh & simple summer art for your walls (added bonus; it can easily be switched out at any time)!   “Undecorate – the no rules approach to interior design” by Christiane Lemieux the founder of DwellStudio can definitely provide you with some great inspiration for both simplifying & beautifying your home for the season.   The paper ribbon by Monahan Papers is just handy to have around the house & has a tobacco scent that feels nostalgic.   Use it to hang your summer sketches combined with the sweet  metal bird paper clips.  Get crafty with some awesome fancy paper tape & velvety ribbon while burning beeswax tea lights in these gorgeous glass tea light holders by Roost.  All of this together could make a most awesome wedding gift!

Surround yourself in beauty & with what you love!


How to Feel Beautiful

The topic of feeling beautiful has been on mind during my past year & a bit of working here at Twang & Pearl.  Everyday in the store I am surrounded by beautiful things & more importantly beautiful people!  I find that I am constantly shocked by the attitude’s that people have towards their bodies & then wowed by the confidence that others exude.   Personally, I fall on the scale somewhere in the middle; some self confidence mixed with inner critic.  One of my favourite moments in the shop  is when someone steps out of the change room & completely owns it!!

In celebration of loving out bodies & being being able to strut our stuff no matter what, I wanted to create a top 7 list of “how to feel beautiful”:

1.  SUNSHINE:  so easy in the right season and seemingly more difficult in the winter months….but the sun is still behind the clouds so just being outdoors seems to do the trick!


2. GREAT UNDER WEAR: it can be your own little secret through the day to be sporting a great pair of undies that are comfy & sexy!  I love the bia boro’s!


3. EXERCISE:  although tough at the start of any work out regime – stick with it and 100% guarantee that regular exercise will boost your self confidence & happiness levels.


4. PERFECT FITTING JEANS:  if you have been shopping in Twang you already know our love of Yoga Jeans!  They are great when they fit properly but are also so comfortable & look great on bums.  If it is not your perfect jean, then get out there and explore for it, invest in it & love your jeans……I also love some Guess jeans for their booty lusciousness!

yoga jeans

5. MUSIC: listening to the music that inspires your mood is a key element to feeling beautiful.   If it’s cranking the tunes & dancing around in the house in your great under wear or singing your heart out to your best love songs, it makes for some great feeling moments in life.  This topic is so important to my life and I love noticing people grooving along to out tunes in the shop!


6. THE BEACH:  I don’t think I’ve met a single person who is not fond off the beach.  I love the beach.  It is so many things that are good for our spirits!  Sitting in nature, having camp fires, swimming, watching wild life, hearing birds and more…..most of all it seems to be an easy way to live in the present moment.


7. MASSAGE:  we need to be touched!  Massage by your children, your partner, a friend or a pro – doesn’t matter – just get it done – and on a regular basis!  It is so good for our bodies & spirits which makes us feel beautiful.



Go & be happy!

What Mom Loves


We put together a wee collection of some of our favourite Mom gifts!

Art Blocks by Cedar Mountain Studios: $42
4 oz Diamond Glass Soy “Sweetheart” Candle by Salt Spring Candle Co.: $16
Caramel “Rachel” Wallet by Hobo the Original: $138
Colourful Woven Bracelet by Streets Ahead: $38
Lavender or White Tea Soap by Hand in Hand: $12.95
Daisy Infinity Spring Scarf by Minaru: $18

Plus a great selection of very sweet Mother’s Day cards!



a few of Shannon’s favourite things

With the fabulous weather yesterday I felt inspired to dress our girl in some of my new favourite summery things.

Every summery day needs a great scarf – especially here on the island.  This new big, soft “Pinkpop” scarf by Anna Scott is my absolute fav in the store at the moment. It’s light & bright and is the right size for covering up from the sun & then perfect for an evening wrap when you go straight from the beach to Tree House Cafe for a bite to eat!

Next on the list is a sparkly tank, also by Anna Scott.  What can I say?  I am a lover of blue!  I love tanks that are versatile; casual by day & easy to dress up for a night out.  This little tank fits the bill perfectly.  In the shop we have it in indigo or white.

Jean shorts.  Yes please.  These numph “garland” denim shorts are sweet … and true to their label of “super tight”!

The final piece of this outfit is one of our Twang & Pearl handcrafted one of a kind leather backpacks from Thailand.  It’s gorgeous & the perfect size to tote around on our almost tropical island,  filled with sunscreen, sunglasses & maybe even a Red Stripe or two!

Anna Scott Pinkpop Scarf $84, Anna Scott Lurex Tank $68, Numph Denim Shorts $52, Twang & Pearl Back Pack $248



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